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Winter Sun 

YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E4 5c

Type:  Trad, 5 pitches, 350'
Original:  YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E4 5c [details]
FA: J.Burcham, Z.Harrison, J.Hereford, J.Snyder 12/19/15
New Route: Yes
Season: Winter Sun, shade after 3p
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Submitted By: J. Snyder on Dec 23, 2015

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Winter Sun Wall, route climbs system in shade.


'Winter Sun' aka Golden Lexus is a 3/5 route that is luckily not equal parts sand and splitter. Ultimately meaning that 3 out of the 5 pitches are quality fun and the other two might fill your bank account with sand.

As the name implies the route sees lots of Sun which makes it a great outing on the coldest days of the year.

P1. The approach pitch; Two options in the gully that will take you to the giant ledge. Left system climbs a low angle thrutch ramp into fun but sandy terrain. Some will smile others will not. JBs var. goes right and requires and #6 and possibly pruning shears but gets a bit more sun for cold mornings. Belay off Juniper. 5.8+ 70'

-Giant Ledge-

P2. Interesting ramp to outcove. Bust into wide above. 5.11-- 115' Mixed

P3. Mini-Pillar. One of the finest and shortest. 5.11. 22.5'

P4. Golden Lexus Pitch. Money fingers and thin-paws to roof. 5.11 100'

P5. Summit Pitch. Low angle Sedona fun. Recommended for the view alone. Rental Rap from summit. 5.6 Loose. 60'


Large dihedral system marking the Winter Sun Wall. Look for large ledge below route. Approach pitches begin in hidden gully just East of the Wall.

Rap from Summit to top of P4. 60'
Top of P4 to ledge. 110'
Ledge to Ledge. 110'
Rap slings on Juniper to ground. 70'


Single Green #00 and Red #0 C3
Doubles: #.3 - #4 C4
Bonus #5 C4 on P4 optional
Runners, Draws

Photos of Winter Sun Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Mini pillar celebration
Mini pillar celebration
Rock Climbing Photo: Jordan sending pitch two
Jordan sending pitch two
Rock Climbing Photo: Photo of the first pitch
Photo of the first pitch
Rock Climbing Photo: Z.Harrison driving a Golden Lexus
Z.Harrison driving a Golden Lexus
Rock Climbing Photo: J.Burcham following on the Mini-Pillar
J.Burcham following on the Mini-Pillar
Rock Climbing Photo: Lux. Ledge on Winter Sun
Lux. Ledge on Winter Sun
Rock Climbing Photo: Sun hats on the Mini-Pillar. 12/2015
Sun hats on the Mini-Pillar. 12/2015
Rock Climbing Photo: J.Snyder on P2, Winter 2014
J.Snyder on P2, Winter 2014

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By Zach Harrison
Dec 24, 2015
rating: 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c

A classicly Sandona mixed bag. Awkward to amazing to funk junk, mostly good though. Be a pal and bring a brush, its a bit sandy, but once a little cleaner will be a nice outing. The Golden Lexus pitch is outstanding!
By Dean Hoffman
Jan 27, 2016

Approach Beta is pretty spot on! Give yerself an hour or so to pick yer way up to the base. As for the climbing itself we ran out of time, but I have to say the two first pitch variations were pretty chossy. Tried the left initially but ended up down climbing after things started disintegrating-meaning a whole slab of the wall came off as I was above it... taking my last piece with it. Had to downclimb and trundle about 20 lbs of choss. The JB variation may have been less scary if we had a #6. Regardless after pulling through the squeeze I placed a #2 camalot and again a whole chunk of the crack sheared off (just from the pressure of the #2) leaving me with with a 40lb block in my lap and trying to downclimb so as not to drop the block on rope or my partner! Then as he finally came up he pulled off another 30lb block in the chimney! I love choss but this was pretty bad. That being said pitch 2 was awesome, really wild and fairly exposed moves(probably a single set to #3 and a bunch of draws would do it here-didn't place any big gear), and I'd love to go do the rest of the line if someone else cleans up the first pitch(es). Rest of the line looked awesome!
By J. Snyder
From: Flagstaff, Arizona
Jan 27, 2016

Sorry you had a time on Sedona... Thankfully no one got block rocked! We're a little confused though because the left version, while with sand in the back of the crack, shouldn't have had any flakes or mega blocks coming off. I can actually only think of a single #2 placement and that being the first piece off the ground and is in a quality crack in the back of a flair, certainly no loose flakes with gear...

Are you sure you guys climb the correct first pitch? You should have walked up the scree and then into a corridor that faces north, not the East facing buttress. Once you walked up the 'gully' you would see a crack on a slab on the left to a 'pod'. The crack is mostly #4 but also very easy. I would agree that if you hit the pod you would think the rock disintegrates but there shouldn't have been any blocks or rocks that couldn't have been easily avoided. Im also not sure of any true 'squeeze' on P1 unless you consider the initial crack a squeeze?

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